US defense department blocks military payments to Pakistan
US Defense Department has withheld military payments to Pakistan Photograph: (AFP)
The US defense department has withheld military payments to Pakistan after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis determined that Pakistan was not doing enough to counter the Haqqani network, an official said Friday.
"Secretary Mattis has informed congressional defense committees that he was not able to certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient actions against the Haqqani network to permit full reimbursement of Fiscal Year 2016 Coalition Support Funds," Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.
"This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over previous years," Stump said.
"Pakistan still has time to take action against the Haqqani network in order to influence the secretary's certification decision in FY17," he added.
The Haqqani network based in Afghanistan is aligned to the Taliban, it was earlier linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaida in the 80s.
The network led by Jalaluddin Haqqani moved to Pakistan's tribal area after the US attacked Afghanistan in 2001. The Obama administration had designated the Haqqani network as a "foreign terrorist organisation" five years ago.
The Taliban, however, denies any link to the Haqqani network.
The US has been frustrated by Pakistan's unwillingness to act against terror groups (WION)